Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 41
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ray6279 Pros & Cons
The Ryobi 18 Volt Cordless is a decent drill at the price point. We have purchased these drills for our employees for many years. The self-tightening chucks seem to slip quite often. Occasionally the chucks seem to be out of alignment and do not turn in perfect circles. Batteries wear out after about a year of service and are a major expense issue. Otherwise, the drill has survived falls from eight foot ladders. The torque and strength and 1600 RPM speed are quite sufficient. The load settings are simple and adequate for most projects. We use these drills daily with one battery in the charger as backup and rotation. The retail price point is the major draw for our firm. At the given retail we can employ these drills for designated period about one year and replace drill and batteries. Our experience has indicated that most cordless drills, even the higher priced, begin to fail in about twelve months given daily usage. Best bang for the buck.
March 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dwanejb Fantastic Drill for the price!
This has been a fantastic drill for the price. Over the last year, I have remodeled our home that was recently sold. This drill has done it all, from building a new fence, to mixing mortar for 1200sf of tile flooring, replacing blinds, sheetrock, and fiberboard siding. Through it all, the two batteries have been plenty for me to consistently use. I'm a huge fan of Ryobi. Always the best bang for the buck!
August 23, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by James Great drill terrible batteries
You can charge the battery and in a few hours they go dead without using them ,when charged they only last a few minuets while in use after charging for hours
February 22, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CollinsDomain Battery won’t last long
I bought a few Ryobi 18v drills not long ago and now both batteries won’t take a charge. My other older drills (non Ryobi) that don’t look as cool and were cheaper are still working strong. Ryobi should do a recall on the batteries in my opinion. You’ll be lucky to use the drill for a year before the battery needs replacing.
January 31, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by mmagman Good Drill, terrible chuck and expensive baterys
At first the drill seemed pretty good, then the battery issues started, fortunately it also takes the lithium battery's from another Ryobi product that I purchased. Trying to do a fairly large simple project I found that the chuck was barely adequate. Drilling into wood the chuck would slip continually and had to be tightened after each and every use or the drill bit would fall out.
After getting frustrated enough I discovered that it was fairly sturdy when I threw it against the floor in disgust.
Might be good for occasional use but definitely not for large projects.
July 7, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tristanism1 Only lasted 9 months
I wanted to like this drill. And for awhile I did. I've owned two of these, and two of them have broken within a year of purchase. They both broke while drilling into some hard-ish wood...driving screws in. Something internal broke. The motor still works but whatever it is that connects the motor to the spinning part (I'm not super technical with my drill knowledge) broke. After the first one broke, I bought another, assuming it was just a defective one. But the same thing happened with the other one I bought. Anyway, when it was working this was great. But that's the problem...how long will the next one last? I think I'll buy a different brand elsewhere...
August 25, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BuilderBob Survived 10 days at the bottom of the lake!
Have owned one of these for years. It isn't as powerful as my lithium ion battery powered Ryobi drill, but it works well. I use this one to drill holes, and the lithium ion one to drive screws. 2 weeks ago I kicked this one to the bottom of Tellico Lake while working on my dock's decking. I finally dove for it about 10 days later. Brought it up and let it dry out for 5 days. The battery was ruined, but the drill works fine using the spare battery.
July 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OldWoodworker My Second One
I'd had an earlier version of this tool for several years and had used it hard for building decks and other projects involving driving many, many pounds of AP wood screws. But I dropped it from a ladder onto a concrete walk and broke it. So I bought this replacement, which is just like my original except for a few styling changes. The new one works fine too.
The current tool kit comes with an updated charging dock, which I like better than the old one: the new charger gives more information about charging status and will charge any type of 18V battery.
I hope Home Depot carries this tool and others in its family forever.
December 9, 2014